Not for the faint of heart! 30 miles with some very steep climbing and a steep descent off the Long Mynd to Asterton.

Distance

28 miles

Terrain

Quiet Country roads

Start from

Craven Arms: Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

Nearest to

Church Stretton, Craven Arms

Parking

Craven Arms: Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

The route

The best way to see the Shropshire Hills is by bike! Cycle from the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms and in five minutes you are in the heart of the Shropshire Countryside. Discover for yourself superb views, hidden valleys, ancient castles, quiet woods and sleepy villages.

Starting from the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre to Church Stretton. At the crossroads in the town centre go straight on to follow the Burway Road up a very steep hill to the top of the Long Mynd. Bear left and cycle along The Portway past the entrance of the Gliding Club. Continue down the very steep hill to Asterton and turn left. Continue on for two and a half miles miles to Plowden. At the main road turn left to re-join the main cycle route at Horderley.

Places of interest:

Church Stretton

Known as ‘Little Switzerland’ this spa town was a popular Victorian holiday resort. Now equally popular with walkers as it provides easy access to the Long Mynd and Stretton Hills. Cardingmill Valley (at the base of the Long Mynd) is a famous beauty spot with car park and National Trust tea room.

The Long Mynd

England’s most southerly grouse moor now managed by the National Trust. Dramatic views across the Shropshire Plain to the north and Wales to the west.

Little Stretton

A quiet village with lots of historic buildings. The church is not only half timbered... but also has a thatched roof.

Edgton

A lovely hill top village. Pottery in the Old Schoolhouse (next to the church), open daily, 10am to 5pm. The village well (‘Stock Well’) is decorated with a willow arch and ‘dressed’ every year. On the edge of the village is an old milestone, left over from the days when this narrow road would have been an important link between Bishop’s Castle and Craven Arms.

Wart Hill

Site of an Iron Age Hillfort. At 324m the fort has excellent views of the surrounding hills and is the focal point of ‘The Wart Hill Wander’, a Secret Hills Walk.

Refreshments

Church Stretton and Craven Arms have plenty of facilities for refreshments and the National Trust’s Pavilion Tearooms in Carding Mill Valley serve afternoon teas and light lunches.